John Mellencamp is the Indiana born rock and roll musician, singer-songwriter, painter and actor who gained fame in the early ‘80s. He is known for his heartland rock and feel good lyrics that invoke Midwestern values and emphasizes his use of traditional instruments and plainspoken writing style. His release of a steady stream of hits that included: “Hurts So Good”, “Jack and Diane”, “Crumblin’ Down”, “Pink Houses”, “Lonely Ol’ Night” “Small Town” “R.O.C.K in the U.S.A.” among others. John sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has become an internationally famous name and he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number-one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven. John has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and won one, his most recent studio album, “Plain Spoken” was released to widespread critical acclaim late in 2014. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Mellencamp said his biggest musical influences were Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown and The Rolling Stones. John is known for making instruments like fiddles, hammer dulcimers, autoharps and accordions lead rock instruments on a par with electric guitar, bass and drums. John’s musical style has been called “raw Appalachian” sounding with a look directly at life and all its messiness as it is lived. It raises a question of morality, anxiety, acts of God, and crisis of conscience that all collide and demand attention in his lyrics throughout his music. This is his view of the world told through the lyrics self-penned from his own observations of the world going on around him.